Gary Borders

Gary Borders has been an East Texas journalist and editor for more than 30 years. He is currently the editor and publisher of the Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune and also writes online each week at garyborders.com.

During his career Gary has taught journalism at Kilgore College and served as editor and publisher of newspapers in Longview, Lufkin, Nacogdoches and San Augustine. He began writing a column in 1982 and has written at least once weekly since without fail, though there are quite a few he would like to take back. The New York Times News Service distributed his column nationally from 1995 through 2009. His pieces have been published in the Detroit Free Press, Miami Herald, Austin American-Statesman, Palm Beach Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and — his personal favorite — the Maui News.

Borders has published two collections of columns, the “Loblolly Chronicles” in 2010 and “Behind and Beyond the Pine Curtain” in 2005. The University of Texas Press published “A Hanging in Nacogdoches” in 2006, his account of a brutal murder in 1902 in the state’s oldest town, and the trial that followed. He is currently researching another book, but is nowhere close to being finished.

Borders and his wife, Dr. Julie Teel-Borders, a professor at LeTourneau University, live in Longview with their daughter, Abbie, a freshman at Longview High School. He also has two grown daughters, about whom he has been writing columns since Ronald Reagan was president. They have long ceased to be embarrassed about it, though Abbie protests occasionally.

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7:35 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Gary Borders: A tribute to country music icon Willie Nelson

My dad is the primary reason I have been a Willie Nelson fan for more than 40 years, hearkening back to when I mainly listened to rock ‘n’ roll and did not think country was cool.

Country was Porter Waggoner in a silly suit, Ernest Tubb and the Texas Troubadours, and Eddie Arnold. My dad listened to Eddie Arnold incessantly. Eddie was probably a delightful gentleman, but to a long-haired teenager’s ears it was like listening to elevator music. I thought if I heard “Make the World Go Away” one more time, I would have to go far, far away.

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7:36 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Gary Borders: On taking the high road in dealing with angry people

An unhappy customer called me the other day. He had every reason to be displeased, because we had given him poor service. His approach was to use foul language, which I endured. I figured he would eventually settle down and then maybe we could reason together.

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7:36 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Gary Borders: Plot in phishing scams hasn't evolved much

I was searching online for a way to apply for a gas card for the newspaper and ended up in my email account by clicking on the wrong box on the screen. An email, titled in all caps YOUR OPPORTUNITY FROM EXXONMOBIL LONDON, appeared.

It seems Mr. Peter Alexandra needs my assistance. He “overinvoiced” a contract a few years ago. “I need your full cooperation and partnership to re-profile this contract funds amounting to $2.5 million to your name as the contractor that executed this contract in Asia few years.”

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7:41 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Gary Borders: Moving in the Texas summer is an unfortunate reccurence

We moved the newspaper office on a recent Saturday, on the day coincidentally that I marked my 59th birthday. 

It was a day of trying not to strain my back, and doing what I can to assist men much stronger and younger than me to move desks, filing cabinets, and all the other furnishings — in time for us to open in our new location the following Monday morning.

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8:26 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Gary Borders: Sunshine Law had chickens at its heart

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 9:26 am

 

I was reminded of the Sex With Chickens story recently when passing a truck loaded with them, headed to the processing plant. That reminded me of a fight I had with the Leander Police Department four years ago over releasing police reports while running a paper there.

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7:36 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Gary Borders: Flow theory is a better label than space cadet

I come from a family of daydreaming drivers, which often leads to missed turns and abashed backtracking.

Once while heading back from New Orleans with a carload of teenagers I forgot to get off I-10 in Beaumont to head north into the Piney Woods. Next thing I knew the sign said “San Antonio, 175 miles” and Houston was in my rearview mirror. My passengers were not pleased.

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7:36 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Gary Borders: Once upon a time, there was a pica pole

Newspaperman Gary Borders just can't part with his trusty pica pole. It serves him well as publisher of the Mt. Pleasant Daily Tribune.

Newspaperman Gary Borders has compiled a list of things that were once essential to producing a newspaper, but the computer came along and made them all obsolete. These relics -- like the circular slide rule -- still linger in the back of desk drawers or are stashed away in storage closets that were once darkrooms.

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7:36 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Gary Borders: Courthouse restoration is a labor of love for Long Islander

The Franklin County Courthouse in Mt. Vernon, Texas, is being carefully restored to its 1912 grandeur.

Commentator Gary Borders visits the Franklin County Courthouse and finds the 102-year-old structure is being brought back to life by a true craftsman.

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9:57 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Gary Borders: Home Grown Tomatoes

Commentator Gary Borders may just make your mouth water as he shares his joy over Home Grown Tomatoes this week.

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7:34 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Gary Borders: NASA still amazes and inspires, even in its diminished state

A view of the Kennedy Space Center Rocket Garden.

Commentator Gary Borders can’t quell his fascination with NASA and the space shuttle program. It’s a passion that grew out of boyhood experiences.

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